Thursday, August 12, 2010

Trip to the Park

Since I have figured out how to maneuver an infant, a toddler, and a stroller down three flights of stairs trips to the park are a becoming part of the regular routine.  It starts with me announcing to Lulu that we are going to the park. She promptly takes off her shoes and puts them away then climbs into bed as though I had just announced we where going to the dentist.  After I wrangle her out of bed and get her shoes back on we march (rather slowly) down the stairs. Once outside Lulu's attitude evaporates. She loves the out doors! She loves to hold my hand and run beside me as we make our way to the park three blocks away.

Upon arriving Lulu makes a b-line for the swings! Her favorite part about the park is swinging. Unfortunately there are no little kiddie swings for her but she loves the big kid swings (and she holds on very well). I once tried to scare her off the swings by making it go higher than I thought she would like. It completely backfired on me! She LOVED it! Now I can never get her off them!

Ok that is a bit of an exaggeration. She does normally head for the slides at some point but she spends very little time there. Oddly enough her favorite thing to do if there are no other kids around is to try to climb up the slides instead of going down them.

If there happens to be other kids there then she is in heaven! She runs around watching them. Occasionally comes over to me and tells me something very seriously in her own language. The other kids play very nicely with her although sometimes the boys get a little weirded out when she wants to hold hands.

Once it is time to leave Lulu has a meltdown of great proportions. I always feel terrible about it when other children are present. On the walk home Eliza rides in the seat of the stroller and Lulu rides in luggage area. I don't have a double stroller and she is too tired to walk home. Desperate times call for desperate measures!  I always take a couple of bottles of water with me and she sits contently (once she has calmed down from the disappointment of leaving the park) drinking her water.

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